Nigerian politician and wife ‘trafficked man to UK to harvest kidney for child’
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A Nigerian politician and his wife allegedly trafficked a man to the UK so they could harvest his organs to save their sick daughter.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, appeared in court charged with the plot in aid of their child who suffers from kidney failure.
The couple are accused of transporting the 21-year-old man from Lagos, Nigeria, and using him as a "slave" after he refused to give up his kidney.
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It is believed the man didn't know their intentions when he was brought to London in February this year.
Westminster Magistrates' Court heard the man was escorted to the Royal Free Hospital where he underwent examinations.
But he reportedly stopped medics from taking his organ and travelled back to the property where he was residing at.
According to prosecutor Tim Probert-Wood, the victim was then "treated effectively as a slave" before he managed to flee the home.
He was homeless for three days before he alerted cops at Staines Police Station in Surrey and reported that he had been trafficked to the UK.
It has been confirmed that the young man is being supported by safeguarding authorities and the Metropolitan Police.
Ike Ekweremadu, who is the ex-deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, was arrested alongside his wife at Heathrow Airport after flying in from Turkey, reports The Sun.
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He was reportedly found in possession of $20,000 (£16,700).
The politician is charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
While his wife is charged with arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
The couple live in Willesden, North West London, and share four children together.
They deny the alleged facts and that there was a criminal conspiracy, and will say no exploitation occurred, it was said.
They were remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and trial preparation hearing on August 4.
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